Moffat County Sheriff’s Office reports full containment of Divide Fire |

Moffat County Sheriff’s Office reports full containment of Divide Fire

Flames engulf brush along the side of Moffat County Road 7 as the Great Divide Fire takes hold.
Andy Bockelman

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3.

CRAIG — The Great Divide Fire is now fully contained, according to Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume.

The cause of the blaze — which began Friday northwest of Craig near Moffat County Road 7 and MCR 5, about 32 miles north of Craig near Great Divide — remains under investigation, Hume said Tuesday, but all resources used to combat the fire have been released.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1, the Sheriff’s Office was reporting that weather, fire conditions and firefighting efforts the day before had allowed for significant containment progress.

The fire necessitated closures on Moffat County roads 7, 5 and 17. As of Tuesday, all roads had been reopened.

At its height, the fire was burning in more than 5,000 acres.

No injuries were reported as a result of the Divide Fire, though a Great Divide residence was destroyed. No other fires were burning in the county as of Tuesday.

The community fireworks show, scheduled for July 4, is expected to go forward. The show is staged in an area that is defensible against fire when there are sufficient resources to extinguish any spot fires. If, however, those resources are deployed elsewhere, the show might have to be canceled, Hume said.

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office oversaw the Divide Fire. An acreage measurement by Colorado’s Multi-Mission Aircraft put the total size of the fire at 5,136 acres as of Saturday afternoon; it was originally estimated at 7,000 acres.

Agencies assisting with the fire including the Sheriff’s Office, Craig Fire/Rescue, Memorial Regional Health and Yampa Valley Electric Association. Bureau of Land Management personnel and Moffat County Road and Bridge workers were also part of the effort.

Moffat County was placed under Stage 1 fire restrictions Friday due to hot, dry conditions.

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